Daft Punk Bio

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Daft Punk bio

French musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are the electronic music duo Daft Punk. Daft Punk reached significant popularity in the late 1990s house movement in France and met with continued success in the years ahead, combining elements of house with synth-pop. The head of Ed Banger Records (Busy P) managed them from 1996 to 2008. Groups that had a strong influence on this duo early in their career included the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys. Bangalter and de Homem-Christo were originally in a short-lived band called Darlin', so these two experimented musically on their own. The duo became Daft Punk, releasing their critically acclaimed debut album Homework in 1997. One important factor in the duo's sound is that they are not dance music purists. Since neither artist had been to a dance club until 1992, maybe their music has been influenced as much by Roxy Music and the Ramones as it has been by house and techno pioneers such as Laurent Garnier. The re-release of "Da Funk" by Virgin Records, and the subsequent Homework, broke Daft Punk to an overground audience that had for too many years seen French pop as synonymous with crooners. Bangalter's alter ego, Stardust, was responsible for "Music Sounds Better with You," one of the club anthems of 1998. After breaking so much new ground with their debut album, the pressure was on the duo to repeat that success. The second album Discovery proved to be a far more commercial outing, allaying the hard house grooves of the debut with plenty of highly melodic retro synth-pop. Stand-out tracks "One More Time" (featuring Romanthony), "Digital Love" and "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" were immediately hailed as new classics. In March 2005, the duo released the album Human After All to mixed reviews. However, the singles "Robot Rock" and "Technologic" achieved success in the UK. Daft Punk toured throughout 2006 and 2007 and released the live album Alive 2007, which won a Grammy award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. The duo composed the score for the film Tron: Legacy and in 2010 released the film’s soundtrack album. Daft Punk is noted for elaborate live shows, in which visual elements and effects are incorporated with the music as well as for wearing disguises, most notably, ornate robot costumes while performing and in public.


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